In this sort of economy, everyone wants a great deal. Whether you are a trust-fund baby with oodles of cash to blow on designer labels or a frugal fashionista looking for the latest designs, Philly has a store to suit any budget. Secondhand no longer means cheap, it means smart. So bust out your wallet, take a trip downtown, and see what you can find. These are the top five Philadelphia boutiques from 2012 that are perfect for any fashionista.
Sazz Vintage Clothing
60 N. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 923-7299
www.sazzvintage.comWhen a fantastic vintage clothing store moves its already fabulous store to another even better spot, shoppers win. Dig through the cardboard boxes, also known as time-capsule treasure chests. Sorted by style, design, sparkle or era from the 1940s to 1980s, this boutique has enough to delight shoppers for a whole day. Much like finding a precious piece of gold, the shop sells shoes, hats, accessories, gowns, men’s clothing and boots that are just waiting to be reclaimed and taken home. Buying by the piece or by the pound, Sazz offers those pieces with vintage flair that are otherwise unattainable.

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151 N. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(888) 796-8144
www.kaleidoscopeboutique.comThis boutique of colorful and eclectic pieces opened its doors in Old City this past spring. Chock full of designer names such as Italy’s Chio, Robin’s Jeans, LA’s Young Fabulous and Broke, Mandalay and jewelry by Tarina Tarantino, this place is a fashionista’s dream come true. A rainbow of jean colors, light knitwear, fun cocktail dresses and Dali-infused jewelry are just some of the goodies to keep an eye out for. Set in prime real estate in Old City, this store is a window shopper’s delight.

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Bus Stop Boutique
727 S. 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 627-2357
busstopboutique.comDon’t be fooled by its name, this trendy boutique is not selling items at bus-stop prices in its new location on Fabric Row. But it does claim to be the only store in Philadelphia that sells the Canadian label Fluevog, which designs men’s and women’s footwear. There are also fashionable and vegan-friendly brands galore, such as Melissa, Bensimon and Poetic Licence. Bus Stop Boutique oozes with fashionable footwear Philly just doesn’t offer anywhere else. Plus, the store hosts monthly events such as BUS STOP + Art where emerging artists fill the boutique, and BUS STOP + Etc. with local fashion and accessories designers.

Sincerely Shoes
6152 Ridge Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19128
(215) 483-5794
www.sincerelyshoes.comFollowing the fabulous shoe theme, this boutique offers designer ladies’ shoes in some of the hardest sizes to find — from 10 to 12 and beyond. A lovely display of Betsey Johnson couture heels greets shoppers upon entering the store, and other lovelies sparkle nearby. Catering to ladies with larger feet in the Roxborough area of the city has garnered this little shop big positive feedback. Recently given a nod for the owner’s good taste in style, the community hopes she will expand to all sizes soon.

Curated Goods
421 Fairmount Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 609-4363
www.shopcuratedgoodsLuxury, vintage and consignment are combined at this boutique. The new kid in downtown Philadelphia, Curated Goods offers brand-name labels for men and women, office furniture, home decorations and retro furniture. A nice addition to the physical location of the store is the online marketplace, where customers may shop online from the comfort of their own home. A good business plan plus lots of amazing inventory should equal years of success.

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